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George Harrison To Get Walk Of Fame Star

April 4th, 2009 7:00pm EDT
George Harrison
Former Beatle George Harrison is to be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Harrison's star will be unveiled on April 13 on 1750 Vine Street, next to former bandmate John Lennon's star, and right in front of the Capitol Records building - the Hollywood home of the Beatles.

Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani are expected to attend the ceremony on behalf of the guitarist, who died of cancer in 2001.

The event is timed to coincide with Martin Scorsese's forthcoming documentary about the star, and Capitol's release of previously unheard Harrison materi...

George Harrison's Son Convinced Beatles To Agree To 'Rock Band'

March 14th, 2009 12:37pm EDT
George Harrison's son Dhani it taking the credit for the new The Beatles: Rock Band video game - revealing he convinced the surviving band members to agree to the project.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are notoriously reluctant to allow their music to be used for commercial endeavors, but were won over by a mock-up Harrison Jr. put together using his dad's solo music.

McCartney, Starr and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono gave the concept the thumbs up - and Dhani has landed a job helping to develop the game alongside Giles Martin, the son of the band's longtime producer George Martin...

Review: U2's 'No Line On The Horizon'

March 10th, 2009 10:52am EDT
No Line On The Horizon
Let's put aside, if we can, the years of accolades this band has earned. Let's forget about Rolling Stone Magazine's five-star rating for this album (giving it "classic" status). Ignore the aging rock stars that have been written off more than once. And pay no attention to the sparse grey album cover that has left some fans scratching their heads.

All you need to focus on is the music. Three of the finest producers in music - all previous U2 collaborators - were involved in U2's twelfth studio album. Danny Lanois, Brian Eno, and Steve Lillywhite all put their mark on "No Line On...

'The Beatles: Rock Band' Set For Worldwide Release September 9

March 5th, 2009 10:54am EST
The Beatles
Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band. The music-based video game, an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles, will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) home videogame console from Nintendo.

The Beatles: Rock Band will ...

The Former Cat Stevens Performs Song For Gaza

January 26th, 2009 12:00pm EST
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John Lennon's MBE Uncovered After 40 Years

January 6th, 2009 9:27am EST
John Lennon
A medal awarded to John Lennon by British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has been uncovered in a royal vault - 40 years after the late Beatle refused the honor as part of an anti-war protest.

The legendary musician was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's 1965 Birthday honors list, alongside his fellow band mates Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Lennon returned the MBE to Buckingham Palace four years later in protest to America's war in Vietnam.

Now, palace officials have re-discovered the insignia stored away at St James's Palace in London,...

Recent Celebrity Deaths

December 29th, 2008 8:57am EST
Anjelica Huston
An actress' husband, a jazz musician, a playwright and several others passed away this month. Read more...

Anjelica Huston's Sculptor Husband Graham Dies

Californian sculptor Robert Graham, the husband of Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, has died aged 70. Graham, whose works were incorporated into civic monuments including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., passed away on Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Huston and other family members were at his side.

Graham lived much of his life in California and gained...

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

John Lennon Biopic Chronicles Beatle's Early Years

August 30th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's early years are to be explored in a new biopic. Casting for a teenage Lennon has begun in Britain and the film, which will chronicle the Beatle's life before fame, will be shot in his native Liverpool, England.

The film will also focus on how Lennon met songwriting partner Paul McCartney and fellow bandmate George Harrison, according to trade paper The Hollywood Reporter.

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Beatles' First Contract, Complete With Signatures, Going To Auction

August 12th, 2008 12:08pm EDT
The Beatles' first ever contract with legendary manager Brian Epstein is set to fetch a staggering $500,000 at auction.

The historic document, which launched the Fab Four on the road to global superstardom, was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in January 1962.

McCartney and Harrison's fathers also added their signatures, as the stars were under 21 at the time.

But it was more than eight months later that Epstein signed it - after securing the band a record deal with EMI.

The contract on sale is Epstein's own personal copy.

It i...

Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...

Talent-Packed 'The Love Guru' a Script of Destiny From Funnyman Mike Myers

June 20th, 2008 9:16am EDT
( – Commendably co-written by Mike Myers (who also wrote characters for 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”), you know lines like “sheket bevakasha” came directly from his bowels.

Granted, I was one of the few at my screening to understand this Hebrew line as “quiet, please” and laugh at its precision placement, but that’s OK.

Though always known as a hippie funnyman, the novel script for “The Love Guru” actually holds personal and grave emotional value for Myers. He has said the film is a “reflection of the ...

Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...

Garden Tribute To George Harrison

May 12th, 2008 8:30pm EDT
George Harrison
Late Beatle George Harrison's widow Olivia has created a floral tribute for the legendary musician - by designing a garden in his honor for an English flower show. The garden will feature as part of England's Chelsea Flower Show, and is entitled Life To Life after a line in the Beatles hit "It's All Too Much."

The tribute will depict Harrison's humble beginnings growing up in Liverpool, England to his post-Beatle life of luxury - all through the medium of plants and flowers.

The garden - which is sponsored by Harrison's own Material World Charitable Foundation - is a fitting trib...

Tommy Emmanuel Returns To 'Center Stage' With Live 2-CD Set Out April 29

April 23rd, 2008 9:00pm EDT
Tommy Emmanuel
Recognized as the elite of the elite and arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player, two-time Grammy® nominee Tommy Emmanuel has mesmerized both fellow musicians and audiences alike with a professional career that spans over four decades. Tommy's dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze and engage his legions. From the wilds of Australia's outback to bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel's flair, unforgettable showmanship and exhaustive world wide touring schedule have created an enviable fan base that continues to gr...

Joe Cocker To Release 'Hymn For My Soul' May 13

April 18th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Joe Cocker
On May 13th, Fantasy Records will release Hymn For My Soul, the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world's most instantly recognizable and iconic voices (Lennon & McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," anyone?), with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he's produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer's long an...

Running A Business Cost George Harrison His Calm Demeanor

April 15th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
George Harrison
Running The Beatles' Apple Corps business turned George Harrison from a chilled-out hippie to a frazzled 30-something, according to the late rocker's former wife Pattie Boyd. In a new exhibition of personal snapshots from her collection of photographs, Boyd has featured one picture of Harrison lying on a bed in an Indian hotel room - and she insists it was the last photo of Harrison before he became a businessman.

Taken in 1968, the shot was taken just after Harrison and his bandmates had left a meditation campus in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Boyd recalls, "They all went back...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

Former Beatles Manager Neil Aspinall Dies

March 24th, 2008 2:31pm EDT
Neil Aspinall, the man widely acknowledged as the 'Fifth Beatle', has died. He was 66. Aspinall had reportedly been receiving treatment for lung cancer at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York before his spokesperson announced his death on Monday.

The 65-year-old had been fighting for his life over the weekend when he received a visit from longtime pal and school friend Paul McCartney, according to reports.

Aspinall is fondly referred to as the fifth member of the Fab Four because of his close ties to band members McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison a...

The Rutles Plan 30th Anniversary Of 'All You Need Is Cash'

March 3rd, 2008 12:44pm EST
The Rutles
Mock rockers The Rutles are reuniting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of cult Beatles spoof movie All You Need is Cash. As well as a digitally-restored screening of the Eric Idle film, it's rumored all four members of the fictional line-up - Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey - will serve up a few live musical treats to the audience at the gala event in Hollywood.

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre will also play host to a treasure trove of Rutles rarities, including the rare TV skit which inspired the movie, highlights from 2003 sequel Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, and a whole h...

Overheard At The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

February 10th, 2008 11:18pm EST
Vince Gill
Quotes from the Grammy Awards:

''I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye? ... Just kidding.'' - Vince Gill, accepting the award for best country album from Ringo Starr.


''I appreciate everything and I know you are really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn't want me to stop and you'd want me to be the No. 1 artist in the world. And Mamma, all I'm gonna do is keep making you proud.'' - Kanye West, speaking about his late mother as he accepted the award for rap album.


''It's a pity Amy isn't here, but oh well, God ble...

Israel Withdraws Beatles Ban

January 28th, 2008 1:33pm EST
Paul Mccartney and Ringo Starr have been invited back to Israel - 43 years after the Beatles were banned from the country. The Fab Four were due to play a gig in the Middle Eastern nation in 1965, but were banished from the country after the then-government refused to grant the necessary permits over fears their music would corrupt Israeli youths.

But the Israeli ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, is now set to apologize to the remaining two band members, as well as the relatives of the late John Lennon and George Harrison, to express the country's "great regret", according to Israeli n...

Ringo Starr Rules Out Beatles Reunion

January 13th, 2008 9:15am EST
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr has ruled out any possibility of a Beatles reunion show with Paul McCartney and George Harrison's son Dhani.

The former Fab Four drummer quashed the idea of reforming the legendary band with Harrison's guitarist son filling in for his late father - because performing without the group's original members would be too painful.

He says, "There is no chance of seeing us getting back together with any of our children, this is no chance of us getting back together. It's very difficult now because two of us have gone."

John Lennon was shot dead in 1980 and George Harriso...

Ringo Starr To Release 'Liverpool 8' January 15

December 10th, 2007 4:50pm EST
Ringo Starr
On January 15 (January 14 internationally), Ringo Starr will release Liverpool 8, his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's Goodnight Vienna. Liverpool 8 will be available worldwide on CD and digitally, and the album's title track debuted as a digital single December 4.

Starr will launch the album with a hometown performance on January 12 to commence Liverpool's 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.

Liverpool 8, also the title of the album's upbeat, vibrant lead track, "refers to the section of Liverpool where I used to live," explains Ringo. "The song was actually Dave ...

Diana & Marilyn Monroe Top List Of Icons Wanted Back From The Dead

November 25th, 2007 3:00pm EST
Marilyn Monroe
Diana, Princess Of Wales and Hollywood siren Marilyn Monroe are the icons British people would most like to bring back from the dead, according to a new poll.

More than a third of those questioned in the survey by telecoms company Virgin Mobile said they'd like the British royal to return - even for just five minutes.

The tragic Princess was followed by legends Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and George Harrison.

The survey also asked people which five minutes of history they would change if they could. Diana's death in Paris, France in August 1997 ranked highly on...

Paul McCartney Helps Son Record

November 25th, 2007 12:47pm EST
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is hoping to launch his son James' music career - by helping him record a debut album. The 30-year-old drummer and guitarist - who is the former Beatles star's son with first wife Linda - has already appeared on two of his McCartney's solo albums, but is keen to launch his own LP.

McCartney, 65, says, "I'm actually doing some recording with my son. We're just looking at the idea of him making an album. He's doing it all. He's writing it all, laying it all. It's sensational. But there's nothing set yet.

We don't know if it'll work. "The plan is for me to just do so...

Paul McCartney: 'Beatles Will Be Online In 2008'

November 16th, 2007 10:31am EST
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is confident The Beatles back catalogue will be available online by 2008. Songs by the Beatles were withheld from downloads following a dispute between iTunes parent company Apple and the Beatles record company, despite solo efforts by all band members, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and McCartney being available digitally. And McCartney is confident the Beatles recordings will soon follow suit.

He says, "It's down to fine-tuning, but I'm pretty sure it'll be happening next year, 2008. You've got to get these things right. You don't want to do something that'...

'Ravi Shankar: The Concert For World Peace Live At Royal Albert Hall' Hits DVD Nov. 20

November 4th, 2007 9:28am EST
Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar, the internationally acclaimed sitar virtuoso, performer, composer, and master of Indian classical music has enlightened a generation of music fans around the world.

Now for the first time, Shankar's legendary Concert For World Peace, performed at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 9, 1993, will be available on DVD.

The music, three enchanting Rajas, has been remixed in lush Dolby 5.1® surround sound specifically for the DVD release. In addition, the DVD includes "Ravi Shankar: The Soul of Tradition," a 20 minute documentary featuring never-before-seen photos...

Elvis Presley Tops Dead Earners Poll

October 30th, 2007 1:11pm EDT
Elvis Presley
Rock legend Elvis Presley has overtaken Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain as the biggest earning dead celebrity. The Jailhouse Rock hit maker topped the Forbes magazine poll with earnings of $58 million during 2007. Cobain, who pushed Presley off the top spot last year after widow Courtney Love sold a portion of his recording catalogue, does not feature in the 2007 list.

Other late stars to feature include former Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison and slain rapper Tupac Shakur. Musician James Brown enters the list in 11th place after earning $5 million since dying last year.


'Runnin' Down A Dream' Chronicles The Early Years Of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

October 11th, 2007 8:04pm EDT
The remarkable early years of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and all that would follow are at the center of a new documentary by legendary director Peter Boganovich (The Last Picture Show) entitled Runnin' Down A Dream.

The film focuses not only on the Heartbreakers' inspiring ride to the top but the story of what they did when they got there, as artists, as a band and as people. Bogdanovich's film explores many of the underlying reasons for the band's unmatched capacity not only to endure but to thrive. Gritty, exuberant, infectious: Runnin' Down A Dream tells the Heartbreakers' stor...

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